Over $2.5M to fuel Bartholomew County road projects

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Friday, October 11, 2019 1:26 pm

STATEHOUSE (Oct. 11, 2019) – Local communities were recently awarded over $2.5 million in state matching grants to accelerate road and bridge improvements, according to area lawmakers.

Nearly $100 million was awarded to Indiana cities, towns and counties through the Community Crossings Matching Grant program, which is now in its fourth year according to State Reps. Sean Eberhart (R-Shelbyville), Ryan Lauer (R-Columbus) and Jim Lucas (R-Seymour). The grants are made available through the Indiana Department of Transportation as a result of a law passed in 2016, and funded through the state budget.

“It is encouraging to see our communities receive matching grants for much-needed projects,” Eberhart said. “Maintaining our roads and bridges will help connect all areas of Indiana, promoting business opportunities and boosting our economy.”

As part of the program, Bartholomew County received $591,796 for local road projects. In addition, several communities in the area were awarded grants, including:

  • Columbus, $1 million;
  • Edinburgh, $639,075;
  • Elizabethtown, $118,730 ;and
  • Hope, $189,401.

 “Grant programs like this are one of the reasons why Indiana was recently ranked No. 1 in the country for our infrastructure by CNBC,” Lauer said. “We will continue working to maintain safe and functional roads and bridges for Hoosiers across the state, and living up to our motto as the Crossroads of America.”

Grant funding can be used toward road and bridge preservation, road reconstruction, intersection improvements, guardrail replacements and signage. Smaller municipalities must provide a match of 25% in local funds, while large communities must provide a 50% match.

“This program is a perfect example of the state and our local communities working together to help Hoosiers,” Lucas said. “These substantial investments will strengthen our network of roads and accelerate economic growth.”

Since 2017, state road investment is up 50% as Indiana has dedicated $3 billion to road and bridge projects across the state.

More information about the program and recipients can be found at www.in.gov/indot.


 State Rep. Sean Eberhart (R-Shelbyville) represents House District 57,

which includes Shelby County and portions of Bartholomew and Hancock counties.

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State Rep. Ryan Lauer (R-Columbus) represents House District 59,

which includes portions of Bartholomew County.

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State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) represents House District 69, which includes

portions of Bartholomew, Jackson, Jennings and Jefferson counties.

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